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Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) Certification

Show that you have the knowledge to make a difference in manufacturing!

The CMfgT bundles all your manufacturing passion and demonstrates your competence in the fundamentals of manufacturing.

This certification primarily benefits new manufacturing engineers and experienced manufacturers without other credentials. Pursuing a CMfgT certification requires a minimum of 4 years combined manufacturing-related education and/or work experience.

Exam topics include the following:

• Math
• Applied science
• Design
• Materials
• Manufacturing processes
  • Manufacturing management
• Manufacturing economics
• Quality control
• Computer applications
• Automation


You can do this!
Follow these Steps to earn your CMfgT Certification


  1. Assess your readiness

    This self-assessment tool helps individuals evaluate their manufacturing knowledge and prepare for the SME Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) Exam. Through a series of 195 questions and answers, the program determines a person's strengths and weaknesses by knowledge area. Self-Assessment Program

  2. Prepare for the exam

    To earn this certification, you should demonstrate your understanding of the CMfgT Body of Knowledge (PDF), including the topics listed above. Also see the Competency model (PDF) which identifies roles and responsibilities of a CMfgT. Preparation resources include recommended reference books, online review program, classroom review programs and other options. Click here for Recommended Reading List

  3. Apply for the exam

    Exams are offered in both an online and paper pencil format. Learn your results immediately by taking the online exam.

  4. Take the test

    The CMfgT exam allows three hours and consists of 130 multiple choice questions covering subjects including math, applied science, design, materials, manufacturing processes, manufacturing management, manufacturing economics, quality control, computer applications, and automation. Online testing is available. Prices are based on status as a student, member of SME, and whether or not the exam is online or paper based.

  5. Interpret your results

     Use your exam results to make decisions about your professional development. Your Examination Analysis report will tell you about your areas of strength and where you can improve.  Sample (PDF)

  6. Plan your next step

    Depending on your test results, you will be able to retake the exam, start planning for recertification or aim for another certification.

    Continuing education is part of the recertification process and will prepare you for the CMfgE, Lean Certification or the SME-sponsored Six Sigma certification.

    Contact us at 313.425.3000 or complete an inquiry form.